Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before moving into comedy acting with National Lampoon. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live, where his Weekend Update skit soon became a staple of the show. Chase is also well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in four National Lampoon's Vacation films, and for his roles in other successful comedies such as Caddyshack, Fletch, and íThree Amigos!. He has hosted the Academy Awards twice and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show. In 2009, he became a regular cast member on the NBC comedy series Community. Chase left the show in 2012, having already filmed most of the episodes in season 4.